You can’t help but be riveted by a read that’s fictional yet quite closely rooted in reality. This book talks on the Black Lives Matter movement. I didn’t know what that was so it was good to learn about it. But focusing on the fictional story, it’s the story of a black teenager Starr, how her life is affected by one event, the shooting of her friend Khalil by a white cop, which she witnessed.
You’d think that such an event would be enough to break anyone emotionally, and to be fair, it does affect Starr a lot, as it should. But rather than let it pass silently, she speaks out. Starr has two worlds, the world of the predominantly white fancy suburban prep-school which she attends, and the poor neighborhood where she stays, so it’s a clash.
What I love about this book is that the author, while focusing on the crime and its aftermath, doesn’t make the story only about that. She shows the support Starr receives from her family, how there are moments of normalcy in an otherwise tense atmosphere.
She explores the strength of relationships, be it father-daughter, brother-sister, mother-daughter, boyfriend-girlfriend or even the kindness of strangers in the neighborhood. It helps make the story feel very real. There’s humour, happiness, sadness, pain, confusion, worry, relief, anger, protest… Every emotion plays so seamlessly.
This is a powerful book. It’s a difficult read at times but it’s a beautiful read too. Brilliant might not cover it completely but perhaps it fits. Definitely going to reread.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: YA Fiction
No. of Pages: 512
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 10 out of 10